Firefighters want the public to be aware of the dangers of fireworks, which are illegal in Massachusetts. Last year, according to Massachusetts Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, 34 firefighters were injured in a single event, when an errant firework ignited a six-family building. Civilians were put at risk, too.

The possession and use of all fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts. This includes Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane” fireworks. Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees or higher. It is illegal to transport fireworks into Massachusetts, even if they were purchased legally elsewhere. Illegal fireworks can be confiscated on the spot.

Needham Fire Chief Dennis Condon, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts, said, “The Fourth of July holiday is a busy time for firefighters. We are supervising the professional displays so that they are safe for spectators and licensed operators; we are busy responding to all types of fires and medical emergencies. In fact, the week of July Fourth is one of the busiest times of the year for fires.”


“This year, set a good example for your children," Ostroskey said. "Just as children know where you keep the matches and lighters, they know where you stash your illegal fireworks.” He added, “Children imitate adults. If you use fireworks, children will copy you, not realizing how very dangerous fireworks are.”

Psychic night at Winnekenni Castle is June 27

HAVERHILL — Winnekenni Castle will host psychic night event from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27.

Castle staff readers Valeria, Judith-Anne and Amy Sabatino will be joined by guest readers Irine Chiu and Annalise Hajer.

Be sure to browse the Stone Sisters boutique. Psychic readings are $25 per 15-minute session. Multiple sessions may be purchased with multiple readers or to create longer blocks of time with a single reader.

Appointments are booked at the door only. Doors open at approximately 4:55 p.m.

Guests are permitted to purchase later hour appointments, leave the castle and then return in time for their session. Socializing before and after appointments in the castle's main hall is welcomed, however we respectfully ask to keep the noise level to a minimum for the readers as well as the clients receiving the readings. Refreshments will be available.


Library host program on great songs

HAVERHILL — The public library will host a presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on July 2 by performing musician Rich Araldi. Take an excursion through the great songs of the 20th century and the stories that make them that much more special. Drawing from the jazz age, through the swing era, into modern jazz, The Beatles, and beyond. Songs we love with stories, anecdotes, fun facts, and trivia attached. This performance is family-friendly and interactive, and covers a range of music and topics. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.

Dance party planned

HAVERHILL — The Council on Aging will host a belated Fourth of July dance party from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the Crescent Yacht Club, 30 Ferry St., Bradford. Entertainment will be provided by DJ George Whitehouse of A GoodTimes DJ, and lunch will be provided by the Chicken Connection. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $8 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door.

For tickets, contact Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.

Timberlane Community Band to perform 

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. — The Meetinghouse Park Summer Concert Series welcomes back the Timberlane Community Band at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2.

This popular 50-piece volunteer band will help usher in the Fourth of July holiday. Members range in age from 18 to 80 and come together simply to share their love of music and offer their talents at both indoor and outdoor venues throughout several neighboring communities.

The band is directed by Anthony DiBartolomeo and John Mainella. The free concert is sponsored by Hampstead Cable Television. Please bring donations suitable for those serving in the military or monetary donations to help with the cost of mailing. Rain venue is the Hampstead Middle School, 28 School St. For a list of upcoming concerts, visit online at For more information, call 603-560-5069.